good life with brooke walker
Part of cultivating a good life is thoughtfully approaching and preparing for the things that matter most.
“What’s that?” A rival TV colleague spied the scribbled-on papers I held in hand, as we both waited for our separate turns to interview a high-profile author.
“Just some notes for the interview,” I replied.
“Wait – you actually read the book?” she said. “Wow, extra credit for you. Way to be over-prepared. I just like to wing it.”
My first reaction was to take on her careless tone. To brush off and dismiss the time I had put in to preparing for this interview. To laugh away my efforts and excuse my (perceived) over-the-top approach. After all, I could “wing it” with the best of ‘em. If there is one thing you learn after 10 years of working in live television, it’s how to “wing” your way around pretty much every topic and conversation. I’ve become pretty darn good at it, actually. That’s not meant to sound boastful because it’s not a “skill” I’m necessarily proud of. But these days, it seems to be a skill that is very much in vogue.
I’m not sure exactly when or why it happened – but we seem to live in a world where thoughtful preparation is shortchanged. People seek out shortcuts, brush off shortcomings, and have somehow managed to convince ourselves we just don’t have the time to care. Thanks, in part, to the very fast-paced world around us, the easy path is becoming more and more crowded.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for simplifying. Give me cake from a box – heck, dinner from a box works just great, too – and please pass the dry shampoo.
But then there are the times that matter — the times that deserve thoughtful preparation . . .
Like when I’m asked to teach a Sunday School lesson to a room full of 9 year olds who are trying to grasp how the Bible really applies to their lives. Or when I’m planning a surprise birthday party for my husband on a banner year, when he deserves to know how great he is (no matter what the boss has been saying). Or when my mom is trying to put together a special family dinner and I’m asked to bring the all-important salad. These might not seem like “big deal” moments. But I’ve found that when I really invest, really try and prepare and care – these moments make life feel all the more meaningful. Even the simple I’ve-done-this-a-thousand-times task can take on an added splash of style when I’m willing to thoughtfully approach it.
This year, in pursuit of the good life, I’m committing to better prepare for those things that matter most – and to not feel like I have to minimize my efforts in the process. It’s okay to try, again. It’s okay to care, again.
So, yes. I did read the book. And there were some awesome insights buried away in chapter nine….
note from becky
I just love this girl. I first met Brooke Walker I-don’t-know-how-many-years-ago when I made an appearance on Studio 5, a local show on KSL in Utah. She’s the host of that super fun show and that first time we spent together was not in the usual television studio. This was an off-site event, a whole show about “Motherhood Matters,” and I was invited to talk about motherhood, along with a panel of other women (specifically, working moms). The crowd numbered in the hundreds and I definitely felt the pressure, but Brooke put me at ease immediately. And you know what? We had a blast. The hour-long special was terrific and it was a day I’ll never forget.
I have since had the opportunity to be on Studio 5 with Brooke several other times. I don’t live in Utah, but I do find myself visiting from time to time, and we’ve done a few Skype conversations for TV as well. She has always been completely warm and personable… and prepared, of course! On a more personal note, Brooke has been a long-time fan of Project Life® and she’s even using the Project Life App to document the memories of her sweet family. Brooke and her husband just welcomed their first baby this past year!